Our Board


Meet the Catalina Chimes Tower Foundation Board of Directors

CHARLES D. CANBY

Charlie Canby has maintained the chimes mechanism since 1986. He has been married to Claudia since 1980, has two sons and has lived in Avalon since 1981. He recently semi-retired from his business of commercial refrigeration, restaurant equipment repair, welding, machining and unique mechanical design and repairs. He has a USCG unlimited horsepower engineer’s license and a BS in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan. Charlie is also the coach for the Catalina Island Swim Club.

JANI EISENHUT

Dale and Donna Eisenhut moved to the Island in 1947, when Dale was hired as the electrical engineer of the Casino. Jani and her two siblings were born on the Island, and had a great experience growing up in the Casino. In 1967, Jani started playing the chimes, and has continued to do so to this day. Jani graduated from Avalon High and continued her education at American River Jr. College in Sacramento, finishing up at Cal State Fullerton. Because of her mainland tour bus driving experience, Jani was asked to apply for a job as a Santa Catalina Island Company tour bus driver, and she drove buses for 26 years, and then moved on to the Human Resources department and eventually the gas station at Pebbly Beach, retiring from the Catalina Island Company in April 2017.

WENDELLYN HARP

Wendy Harp was an operating room nurse before relocating to Avalon with her husband in 1983. She brought her horses with her, and was looking forward to riding on Catalina. After working at Avalon Hospital for 12 years, she retired. They bought a lot in Avalon and built their retirement home.

 Wendy was a founding member of the Catalina Island Saddle Club, and helped establish Las Caballeras (an organization that holds annual rides on the island).

She chaired the Catalina Hoe Downs, which helped raise funds towards restoration of Eagle’s Nest Lodge and the old Middle Ranch Barn.

 Wendy joined the Board of Trustees of the Catalina Island Museum in 2008, and was part of the planning and construction of the Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Museum.

GINA LONG

In a corporate environment in which decisions often get bogged down in layers of bureaucracy, Gina Long is not one to sit by and wait for things to happen; she makes things happen, all the while infusing the team she leads with energy and passion that empowers them to think big, set goals and pursue those goals with intensity and focus. Gina is passionate about Catalina Island and preserving its uniqueness, while adapting to the times. Trained as an administrator, she has a unique 25-year background in office systems, leadership, project management and the day-to-day operations of companies. In her spare time, Gina enjoys spending time with her family, serving at her church and seeking adventure in the outdoors.

KRISTIN LEIGH METCALFE

Kristin Leigh Metcalfe is the director of marketing and communications for the Catalina Island Company. A native of Southern California, she first experienced Catalina Island in the late 1990s as a Camp Fox camper. She ventured east for college and received a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Boston University, then headed even farther east to work abroad in London before returning to sunny California. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and capturing life’s adventures through photography. Kristin is delighted to be a part of the Catalina Chimes Tower Foundation, and to help raise awareness of the Avalon icon.

DAVID OLIVER

David Oliver is a graduate from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Construction Management and has over 40 years of experience managing construction projects for both public and private entities. In 2014, David visited Catalina Island and immediately became ardent about the history and protecting the beauty of the island. David has been married to his wife Cindy for 40 years, and they have 3 grown sons, and 2 grandchildren. When not engaged with work, David enjoys time with family and friends, “anything music” and outdoor adventurous activities.

ALISON WRIGLEY RUSACK

Alison Wrigley Rusack is co-owner of RUSACK Vineyards, with locations near Santa Barbara and on Catalina, producing 7,500 cases under the RUSACK Vineyards label and 600 cases for RUSACK Santa Catalina Island Vineyards. Alison is also Chairman of the Board of the Catalina Island Company, which owns and operates real estate, hotels, restaurants and activities on Catalina.

 Prior to the wine business, Alison worked for 16 years in the entertainment industry in Southern California, most notably for Disney Consumer Products.

 A graduate of Stanford University, Alison is Chairman of the Benefactor Member Board for the Catalina Island Conservancy and serves on the Advisory Boards of Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment and the USC-Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. She is also on the National Alumni Board of the Smithsonian Institution. She and her husband, Geoff, have three grown sons.

GEOFFREY C. RUSACK

Geoff Rusack is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Catalina Island Company. He and his wife, Alison, are also the owners of RUSACK Vineyards in Santa Barbara County, and have established a small vineyard at El Rancho Escondido on Catalina.

Raised primarily in Southern California, Geoff holds degrees from Bowdoin College and Pepperdine law school. He practiced in medical and legal malpractice and also aviation law.

Geoff is a commercially rated pilot, and enjoys multiple outdoor activities. He has served on a number of educational, philanthropic and community boards, and, continues to serve on the board of the Santa Catalina Island Conservancy, of which he was also Chair. He and Alison have three grown sons, all of whom share a life-long love for Catalina.

CATHERINE K. STEPHENS

Catherine Stephens currently services as the Executive Vice President of the Catalina Island Company. Catherine previously served for 17 years as Chief Financial Officer of Monte Mar Enterprises, a farming, manufacturing, investment and property management company. Prior to this, her career was spent primarily in the audit divisions of the Los Angeles offices of KPMG - with a focus on the entertainment and health care industries - and Paramount Pictures.

Catherine is a graduate of Pepperdine University with a BS in Accounting. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Catalina Island Company and as Executive Administrator of the Catalina Chimes Tower Foundation. 

Dividing her time between her Montana and California offices, she owns a recording studio in Montana with her singer-songwriter husband Jack, who together have three children and five grandchildren.